Use the word "heat" when talking about something that is hot.

This is what it looks like as a verb:

  • I’m heating some water for tea.
  • Heat that soup in the microwave.
  • She heated the oven to 350 degrees. (or)
  • She preheated the oven to 350 degrees.
  • The day is heating up fast.

Here it is as a noun:

  • I love the heat in the summer.
  • She can’t stand the heat, so she runs her air conditioning all the time in the summer.
  • People go to the beach to beat the heat.
  • You can feel the heat coming from this fire.
  • If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. (This is an expression. If something is too difficult for you, stop doing it or quit the activity.)
  • The heat is causing him to sweat.

heatHe’s sweating from the heat.

It’s possible to use "heat" as an adjective:

  • He’s suffering from heat exhaustion. (This is a medical condition. If someone is outside in the heat for too long, he or she may suffer physically.)

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Published on June 17, 2014.